School Officials Consider Trimming Some Athletic Travelling

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Do you think you're paying a lot at the pump?

It's even worse for those who have to fill up with diesel, which is a lot more expensive right now.

It's what school buses run on and school administrators are scratching their heads trying to figure out where they can cut costs.

Pretty soon you'll see many buses back on the roads and they’ll be hauling students all over eastern Kentucky for games and field trips.

Just getting kids back and forth to school costs more this year.

“Simply because parents are going to say that they don't have the money to haul you to school when the bus goes right by here,” Walter Hulett said.

Knox County Superintendent Walter Hulett says with transportation costs soaring hundreds of thousands of dollars higher than they projected just two years ago.

All school systems seem to be getting it by the higher gas prices.

“Budgeting for fuel is a real nightmare right now because you have no idea what it's going to be three months from now, two months from now, or 12 months from now,” Darryl Wilder said.

They can't do much to change transports to and from students' homes.

So school administrators are looking at other areas.

With sports, most of the varsity games are set with rigid contracts.

“We’re looking mainly at freshman and JV games. You have more control over those within a 30 - 40 mile radius. How many teams can we participate with that offer the same sports we do and there's a pretty good number,” Hulett said.

Middleboro Independent's Superintendent is looking at the numbers and trying to figure out how to save.

“Not mandatory restrictions, but awareness with our coaches & principals. We're asking them to help us to eliminate waste,” Wilder said.

Because in the battle against rising gas prices It's a game they want to win.

Middlesboro Independent School officials are actually meeting this coming Tuesday to go through the numbers to figure out specific ways they can cut costs.

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